Hours & Public Holidays
The Chinese work five days a
week and take Saturdays and Sundays off.
The office hours for a government department
are from 8:00 to 17:00, with lunchtime lasting
for one hour.
Travel agencies, department
stores, banks and foreign-exchange counters
in tourist hotels have similar opening hours,
but generally do not close for lunch and
are usually open Saturday and Sunday as
well (at least in the morning).
Many parks, zoos and monuments
have similar opening hours and are also
open on weekends and often at night.
Long-distance bus stations and
train stations open their ticket offices
around 5am or 5.30am, before the first trains
and buses pull out. They stay open until
midnight with maybe a one- or two-hour break
in the middle of the day.
The 1 May holiday has been
drawn out into a week-long holiday, as has
National Day on 1 October. The Chinese New
Year is also a week-long holiday; it' s not
a great idea to arrive in China or go travelling
during these holidays as things tend to grind
to a halt.
Major holidays include:
|New Year's Day
|Spring Festival (Chinese
|International Women's Day
|International Labor Day
|Birthday of the Chinese
|Anniversary of the founding
of the PLA